The Orioles ended a tough six game road trip with a loss against the Blue Jays on September 5. The road trip finished with the O’s taking two out of three against the Yankees and doing the same against the Blue Jays. Paul and I decided to take in Game 1 of the Baysox first round playoff against the Akron Aeros (detailed here), forgoing watching the finale of the Jays series on TV.
September 6 against the Yankees was going to be a big event, regardless of the Orioles place in the standings. The reason: Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. statue unveiling in the centerfield picnic area, 17 years to the day when he broke Lou Gehrig’s 2130 consecutive games streak.
But September 6, 2012 wasn’t just going to be just a big event. It was going to be a monumental evening, with Cal’s statue ceremony as the prelude to the Orioles/Yankees battle, where a win would put the O’s in a tie for first place. For the first time in years, Camden Yards contained very few Yankee fans and the few that showed up were drowned out by the mass of Oriole fans. Even a late inning comeback couldn’t get the couple hundred Yankee fans to yell their way back into the game.
A blow by blow recap of the game isn’t necessary. If you don’t know what happened, you’re probably at the wrong site.
The deafening reaction live at the stadium for Matt Wieters first inning home run, Adam Jones, Mark Reynolds, and Chris Davis’ eigth inning home runs was the loudest I heard Camden Yards until Game 2 of the 2012 ALDS. All mixed in with a typical Yankees comeback and the dread of blowing a big lead. In the past, it would have crumbled, at least on that night, if not for the rest of the season. 2012 was not like the past.
I usually get annoyed when someone tells me, “You just had to be there to really understand” for any event.
I’m breaking my mild annoyance to say, “You just had to be there.”